Director's View

The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) is one of the six Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas. Thirty years after its establishment, IESL aims at performing high quality both fundamental and applied research in specific target areas in the fields of physics, chemistry and materials science. These include laser science and applications, micro/nano-electronics, polymers and soft matter, materials science and astrophysics.  IESL has established its strong international presence in these areas occupying a distinct position in the international scientific map.

IESL has been a key participant of the Access to Research Infrastructures programme (since 1990 as a Laser facility and now as a facility in Cultural Heritage and Soft Matter as well). A number of important scientific achievements by members of the Institute have led to publications in high impact journals and to international awards and distinctions for excellence to its research personnel. Such achievements run across the research directions of IESL as they span the laser group, the polymer and hybrid nanostructures groups, the microelectronics group and the metamaterials group.  Moreover, IESL holds an important position in areas of applied research like the use of laser based methodologies for the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage with important outreach to the Society.

IESL aims at improving the human potential by providing education and specialized training to post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students and technicians in specific fields of advanced technology, which is an essential factor for the enhancement of competitiveness, innovation and employment.  Moreover, it aims at developing expertise in selected advanced technological fields for the benefit of Greek and European industry and the broader public sector.

For the forthcoming period, IESL will make all necessary efforts to continue expanding its National and European role in Research Infrastructures, to strengthen its international presence in aspects of micro/nano-electronics and photonics, to strengthen further its international importance in the area of advanced technologies in the preservation of cultural heritage, to establish its international influence in the area of (nano)materials for applications in energy and environment, to establish its international weight in the area of graphene based materials and devices, to improve its ability to exploit the research outcome and the relevant IP, to provide services and specialized training. to strengthen further its relation with the Society.

Prof Spiros Anastasiadis